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Old 11-13-20, 10:06 PM
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Detroit suburbs: 2 Woodward corridor projects

These articles are from July and March 2020.

2 more projects expected to be finished in 2021

Pleasant Ridge starts it...Taking a lane on Woodward for us.
https://www.candgnews.com/news/pleas...ke-path-117449


Hope it doesn't take ten years for the next cycleway.
"the project is nearly 10 years in the making after the city adopted its Complete Streets Plan in 2011."

https://www.candgnews.com/news/lathr...h-grant-118009
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Yeah, I dunno about Woodward. I don't like being close to cars doing 50mph. I know, there is a speed limit there but Woodward has always been kind of a race track. Hope they have some good safety features for bikes. Obviously its going to take more than just paint or chevrons that seem so popular in the neighborhood.
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Originally Posted by chas58 View Post
I don't like being close to cars doing 50mph. I know, there is a speed limit there but Woodward has always been kind of a race track. Hope they have some good safety features for bikes. Obviously its going to take more than just paint or chevrons that seem so popular in the neighborhood.
I'm with you!

Don't enjoy cycling anywhere near semi tractor trailers or buses at all, either .

I always wonder if those tasked with creating bike lanes/paths are even cyclists. Am aware that sometimes there are no other choices for roads they employ as bikeways .
But several of their chosen routes ,that I ride(sparingly), have much less perilous options and you don't have to be at DEFCON 1.
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Originally Posted by detroitjim View Post
I'm with you!

Don't enjoy cycling anywhere near semi tractor trailers or buses at all, either .

I always wonder if those tasked with creating bike lanes/paths are even cyclists. Am aware that sometimes there are no other choices for roads they employ as bikeways .
But several of their chosen routes ,that I ride(sparingly), have much less perilous options and you don't have to be at DEFCON 1.
Well, drafting a school bus can be fun, although the exhaust is horrible and they do stop a lot. ;-)

I agree. I hate that "main street" bike path between Royal Oak (RO) and Clawson. Too much traffic when there are so many quiet unused streets just parallel to that. But at least the speed limit seems lower than it used to be.

However, RO's use of chevrons in the middle of a 4 lane road - thinking somehow that cars will share the road with bikes - is the dumbest thing I have seen around here. Clearly the people that made that decision have never used what they designed.
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It's not a bike path; it's contributing, investing in, and finding more ways to accommodate bikers, and that is positive. Lots of small and big businesses, a university, medical center, the DIA, commuters, shoppers, students, etc.in the area that are sure to appreciate improvements. Lots of encouraging pro-bike developments in the D and beyond in the past decade +, and another improvement of what has always been one of the great urban-suburban thoroughfares in the country. Healthy behavior, broadly speaking, all around.
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Woodward vs cyclists.

rode Woodward last week 14-12 mile.doable mid day with light traffic and a tail light,but not like it used to be in the 80's.more suicidal especially with I-75 traffic runoff.there is a wide median-wonder when they will cut into it for a bike lane.kudos to Pleasant Ridge.
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Originally Posted by BiciMan View Post
It's not a bike path;
Righty-o..... Hardcore cyclists won't have a problem riding on Woodward. I've done it many times.
A beginner likely won't. Can't believe you will see families with children using it.
There are other safer alternatives .


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a university, medical center, the DIA, ........in the area
That stuff is over eight miles south of where these improvements are planned.. In the area???

As I said, the designers of many of these projects likely aren't bicyclists. Betting that they aren't from the "area" either.
Acid test should be, that they ride the route during rush hour at least three times.

Generally these lanes are a net positive for us. Less perilous on street routes would be used by cyclists from the entire spectrum of experience/capabilities.
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Originally Posted by '02 nrs View Post
rode Woodward last week 14-12 mile.doable mid day with light traffic and a tail light,but not like it used to be in the 80's.more suicidal especially with I-75 traffic runoff..
Yeah Man!!! South of 8 mile is not as bad(2nd ave is an even better choice ) .
Once north of 8 ,the cycling risk on Woodward increases many fold.
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Originally Posted by detroitjim View Post
Righty-o..... Hardcore cyclists won't have a problem riding on Woodward. I've done it many times.

A beginner likely won't. Can't believe you will see families with children using it.

There are other safer alternatives .




That stuff is over eight miles south of where these improvements are planned.. In the area???


As I said, the designers of many of these projects likely aren't bicyclists. Betting that they aren't from the "area" either.

Acid test should be, that they ride the route during rush hour at least three times.


Generally these lanes are a net positive for us. Less perilous on street routes would be used by cyclists from the entire spectrum of experience/capabilities.
Granted. Just showing off I knew Woodward, and wanting to communicate the "net positive", feeling pro-Woodward, pro-biking.
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